OKM Music Festival kick-off will take place at Price Center at Unity Square (300 SE Adams Blvd, Bartlesville, OK 74003) on Thursday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. for its 38th season! Come enjoy performances from the Bartlesville Civic Ballet, Sarah Maud Band, Tulsa Baroque Honors Orchestra, and a movie showing of Top Hat.
The Bartlesville Civic Ballet (BCB) will get the show started dancing to beloved 1930s tunes by Cole Porter, Glenn Miller, George Gershwin, Irvin Berlin, Jerome Kern, and Con Conrad. The BCB is one of the longest-standing performing arts organizations in Bartlesville founded in 1971 by Charlotte Lyke. They strive for a balance between nurturing the youngest of our community to appreciate dance and providing professional-level performances that delights every audience. In 1983, Lyke introduced Bartlesville to Miss Soili Arvola and her husband, Mr. Leo Ahonen as guest artists leading to a strong friendship of costumes and choreography which has continued to this day. The BCB had to say goodbye to Katie Matney and Katie Boatright last year but they are proud to debut their new dance instructors and choreographers, Mikala and Gianna Curless. The sisters are excited to be training the next generation of Bartlesville dancers and will continue BCB’s commitment to the community and in keeping alive the “tradition, legacy, and excellence” that has always been a part of the organization.
Sarah Maud will sing the night away for OKM at Unity Square. Maud is a singer and songwriter from the Tulsa area. Growing up, she heard several different styles of music, but found a strong connection to the emotional performances of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and recently, Gretchen Parlato. At the age of 17, she began to focus on jazz. In 2011, Maud began studying jazz under the direction of Vernon Howard at the University of Tulsa, having the opportunity to perform with renowned jazz artists such as Benny Golsen, Jason Marsalis, Walter White, Tim Ries, Julie Bonk, etc. In December 2013, she completed her first album titled “Better Things to Do,” a project of arranged and reharmonized standards and originals. Since completing the album and graduating, Maud frequents Tulsa’s great jazz scene. Hear her at Hodges Bend, LowDown, Guthrie Green, and The University of Tulsa among other venues.
OKM is excited to have The Tulsa Baroque Honors Orchestra return for the Festival 2022. The Tulsa Baroque will play 1930s classics before the Top Hat movie showing. The Tulsa Honors Orchestra (THO) is in its 42nd year of providing excellent string instruction as well as providing numerous opportunities for performances including Kilkenny’s Irish Restaurant, Arnie’s St Patrick’s Day, Burns Supper for the Scottish Club, The Tulsa Performing Arts Center and the Mayo Hotel. THO is comprised of three different orchestras, their advanced one being the Tulsa Honors Baroque Orchestra. THO was founded by Jody Naifeh, mother of the violinist and composer, Karen Naifeh Harmon. Naifeh passed away in 2019 but her spirit lives on through the amazing students she taught through her loving family.
In addition to the festivities there will also be delicious cuisine provided by local food trucks. All ages will enjoy a chance to step back in time to Hollywood glamour, drive-in movies, and music that makes you want to Jitterbug.
Youth under 20 are FREE, general admission is $10, and premium/VIP is $25. The Top Hat movie showing is FREE. For more information visit www.okmmusic.org or call 918-336-9900.